Eric Laurant has been involved in bridge activities for 40 years. He started playing bridge in 1977, being the first student playing at the local club.
In the early ’80s the Dutch federation (NBB) appointed him as an authorized bridge-teacher and director. In 2002 Eric picked bridge back up again as an official, becoming a member of the Dutch topbridge committee. From 2004-2012 he was a board member of the Dutch Bridge Federation. In 2006 he was appointed captain of the Dutch open team, a position he ended in 2012. From 2008-2012 Eric accepted responsibility of all Dutch topbridge activities, setting up an organization with captains, trainers and supportive personnel of all categories (open, women, juniors, schools, girls) and transforming the open team from part-time amateur players to full professionals.
From 2009-2011 he was the chairman of the local organization of the World Bridge Championships 2011 in Veldhoven. In 2011 he also captained the winning Bermuda Bowl team.
Eric has been an EBL Executive Committee member since 2012. In 2018 he was elected as EBL treasurer and member of the WBF Executive Council.
In 2022 Eric was elected as President of the European Bridge League and and unanimously elected 2nd Vice President of the WBF by the WBF Executive Council.
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